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Tag:Pac-10 Power Rankings
Posted on: March 10, 2008 2:01 am
Edited on: March 10, 2008 2:02 am
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

The Pac-10 is in a whole lot of bubble trouble now. Three teams sit on the bubble, and what was once considered by many the strongest conference in the nation could quite possibly only get 4 teams into the NCAA Tournament. The amount of at-large bids is slowly decreasing as conference powerhouses are falling in their respective conference tournaments. As many as 9 teams could be playing postseason basketball.

1 (1). UCLA (16-2, 27-3). UCLA was the beneficiary of some bad calls over the weekend. The block by Stanford's Lawrence Hill was not a foul, and Cal's Ryan Anderson was fouled. To make things worse, Cal should have gotten the ball despite no foul being called. UCLA pretty much locked up a #1 seed barring a huge collapse in the Pac-10 Tournament. They face the winner of Cal and Washington in the quarterfinals.

2 (3). Washington State (11-7, 23-7). The Cougars have now won 7 straight over their in-state rival Washington Huskies, who were once dominant in the Pac-10 earlier this decade. They have the third seed in the Pac-10 tournament where they play a red-hot Oregon team. The Cougars have not looked so good lately as they are 7-6 in their last 13 games after starting out 16-1.

3 (4). USC (11-7, 20-10). Kudos to USC for sweeping the Bay Area schools. Beating Cal and Stanford in the span of 3 days is not easy, and that's exactly what the Trojans did. They have the 4th seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, which means they play 5th seeded Arizona State. USC is now a lock to make the NCAAs, and should be nationally ranked later this afternoon.

4 (2). Stanford (13-5, 24-6). This is not the time for the Cardinal to start losing. Their NCAA hopes are not in jeopardy, but their seeding is. At the beginning of the week, there were talks of Stanford possibly being a #1 seed if they ran the table. After two straight losses, the Cardinal find themselves staring at a 3 seed, with a 4 seed a possibility with an early exit in the Pac-10 tournament. Stanford cannot use the bad call as an excuse because they still had to play overtime. They play the winner of the Arizona/Oregon State game in the quarterfinals.

5 (7). Oregon (9-9, 18-12). Oregon has played themselves back into the NCAA Tournament discussion by closing out the season with 3 straight wins. If they can keep their hot shooting from the perimeter up throughout the Pac-10 Tournament, don't be surprised if the Ducks make a run. A win in the Pac-10 Tournament over Washington State might be enough, but the Ducks will have to get 2 wins to be safe. A loss to the Cougars means that Oregon's NCAA Tournament hopes could be in jeopardy.

6 (6). Arizona State (9-9, 19-11). Arizona State lost to Oregon on Thursday, but got a much needed win on Saturday against lowly Oregon State. The Sun Devils have the 5 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, which could be a bad thing. Arizona State has been inconsistent all season, and it might have been better for them if they did not have a first-round bye. A win over USC will almost certainly get them into the field of 65, but a loss to the Trojans will give ASU and their fans a long and painful wait until Selection Sunday.

7 (5). Arizona (8-10, 17-13). Arizona did win one game last week, but it was against Oregon State. The game against Oregon was pretty much a must-win for the Wildcats, but they could not come through. Luckily for Arizona, they get Oregon State again in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. A win there might not be enough, so a win over Stanford in the quarterfinals will definitely get them in. One positive note for Arizona is that Nic Wise is back and playing well.

8 (8). Washington (7-11, 16-15) Too bad for Washington. They played very well in the game at Washington State on Saturday, but star center Jon Brockman left in overtime with an injury. Washington could have won that game, but their season has been filled with a lot of missed opportunities. The only way the Huskies make the NCAA Tournament is by winning the conference tournament, which is highly unlikely. The Huskies are playing for a trip to the NIT or CBI now, and that starts against 9th seeded Cal.

9 (9). Cal (6-12, 15-14). Cal got robbed of a foul call late against UCLA on Saturday. Even if the Bears won that game, they would still have to win the Pac-10 Tournament in order to make the NCAAs. What a disappointing season for the Bears after a very promising 10-2 start that included a win over USC. Cal plays Washington in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-18, 6-23).Do we need to say anything else about Oregon State? They made NCAA history on Saturday by becoming the first Pac-10 team ever to go winless in conference play. They ended the regular season on a 20 game losing streak- the only other team that can say that is New Jersey Tech. They have a chance to play spoiler and end Arizona's 24 year run of making the NCAA Tournament, but that is very unlikely.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 3, 2008 11:06 pm
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

1 (1). UCLA (14-2, 25-3). UCLA is a full game ahead of Stanford in the Pac-10. I win over Stanford on Thursday clinches the regular season title. They also play Cal on Saturday. If the Bruins win their final 2 games, they are in great position for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament

2 (2). Stanford (13-3, 24-4). Stanford beat Washington and Washington State to keep pace with UCLA. The game at Pauley on Thursday is huge, considering the winner of that game will probably win the Pac regular season title. They play at USC on Saturday as well, which is no gimme.

3 (3). Washington State (10-7, 22-7). Washington State had a road split against the Bay Area schools last weekend. They play at home against Washington in their final regular season game. A win for them would be huge considering the Cougs haven't been as good lately.

4 (5). USC (9-7, 18-10). USC as a big home series against Cal and Stanford this weekend. The Trojans are safe for now, but a sweep makes them a lock. They beat Arizona in Tucson, but lost to Arizona State in Tempe.

5 (4). Arizona (7-9, 16-12). Arizona has been struggling lately, going 2-6 in their last 8 games. A sweep this weekend is a must for the Wildcats, who desperately need a win. The #1 SOS is great, but they have to start winning more games, and that can be this weekend at Oregon State and at Oregon.

6 (6). Arizona State (8-8, 18-10). Arizona State got a big home win over USC on Saturday to remain on .500 in conference play. They play at Oregon and Oregon State to close out the regular season. If they win both games, the Sun Devils are in very good position. A split means they will have to win a game in the conference tournament. If the Devils get swept, they have to win at least 2 games in the conference tourney.

7 (9). Oregon (7-9, 16-12). Oregon used a 12-3 run late in the second half to beat Oregon State. They now have 2 home games to finish the regular season. A sweep here and a win in the Pac-10 Tournament, and it could be possible. Arizona State and Arizona both need these games as well, and they won't be easy despite playing at The Pit.

8 (7). Washington (7-10, 16-14) Washington split a road series against Cal and Stanford to keep their slim tournament chances alive. A tournament birth is possible, but it is not likely. A win at Washington State at Saturday and 2 wins in the conference tournament would give them 19 wins on the season. That could be worth a look, but the Huskies will probably have to win the Pac-10 Tournament.

9 (8). Cal (6-10, 15-12). The NCAA hopes for the Bears are very slim, but it is still possible. The Bears have lost 5 of their last 6, and it seemed awhile ago since the Bears were in the discussion for an at-large bid. A sweep at home against USC and UCLA would be great to help their chances, but it might not be enough.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-16, 6-21). A loss at home against Oregon means 18 losses in a row for the Beavers. The Beavers play Arizona and Arizona State at home for their last chances at a regular season conference win. They blew a late lead against Oregon on Sunday.

UCLA- NCAA
Stanford- NCAA
Washington State- NCAA
USC- NCAA
Arizona- NCAA
Arizona State- NCAA
Oregon- NIT/CBI
Washington- NIT/CBI
California- NIT/CBI
Oregon State- none
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2008 7:57 pm
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

1 (1). UCLA (12-2, 23-3). UCLA now is a full game ahead of Stanford in the Pac-10 after beating Oregon State and Oregon. The Bruins travel to Tempe and Tucson for games against the Sun Devils and Wildcats.

2 (2). Stanford (11-3, 22-4). Stanford is clearly the second best team in the Pac-10. They beat rival Cal on Sunday to improve to 11-3 in conference play. Stanford plays home games against Washington and Washington State this week.

3 (3). Washington State (9-6, 21-6). Washington State had a home split against the Arizona schools last weekend. They beat Arizona State, but they lost to Arizona. The Cougars play at Cal and at Stanford this weekend. Washington State has been struggling, and a sweep of the Bay Area schools on the road would be great for them.

4 (4). Arizona (7-7, 16-10). Arizona lost at Washington on Thursday, but won at Washington State on Saturday to complete the season sweep of the Cougars. Arizona is safe for now, but they have to win at least one home game this week against USC and UCLA.

5 (6). USC (8-6, 17-9). USC swept the Oregon schools to move a game ahead of Arizona and Arizona State for 4th in the Pac-10. They play at Arizona and at Arizona State this week.

6 (5). Arizona State (7-7, 17-9). The Sun Devils lost at Washington State on Thursday, but beat Washington on the road on Saturday. The Sun Devils need at least a split against UCLA and USC this week.

7 (9). Washington (6-9, 15-13) Washington won against Arizona on Thursday to keep their very slim NCAA hopes alive. They backed that up with a loss to the Sun Devils on Saturday. They play at Stanford and at Cal this weekend.

8 (7). Cal (6-8, 15-10).The NCAA hopes for the Bears keep getting worse and worse. They need a sweep this week against Washington State and Washington this week. They lost at cross-town rival Stanford last night.

9 (8). Oregon (6-9, 15-12). Oregon is burying themselves in a very deep hole. They are 3 games under .500 in Pac-10 play, and that is definitely not good enough for an at-large bid. The Ducks have to win at lowly Oregon State to have any chance to make the NCAA Tournament.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-15, 6-20). 17 losses in a row for the Beavers. Luckily for Oregon State, their final 3 games of the regular season are at home. They play Oregon on Sunday, and they way Oregon has been playing, the Beavers have a chance at a conference win.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 18, 2008 12:38 am
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

Here are my Pac-10 Power Rankings for the week starting February 18.

1 (1). UCLA (10-2, 21-3). UCLA won at USC to get revenge for the home loss against the Trojans last month. The Bruins look to close in on a number 1 seed in the tournament against Oregon State and Oregon.

2 (2). Stanford (10-3, 21-4). The Cardinal collapsed down the stretch against the Sun Devils, but they managed to hold off the Wildcats. Even though they lost a game this week, they shouldn't be worried. They play Cal on Sunday.

3 (3). Washington State (8-5, 20-5). Washington State has now won three games in a row thanks to a road sweep of the Oregon schools. The Cougars are back on track after starting out 5-5 in the conference. Washington State plays at home against Arizona State and Arizona this week.

4 (5). Arizona (6-6, 15-9). The Cats beat Cal on Thursday and came up short against Stanford on Saturday. The Wildcats are safe for now, but they can't keep splitting every week. They play at Washington and Washington State this week.

5 (6). Arizona State (6-6, 16-8). The Sun Devils got a huge win over Stanford on Thursday, but then did not show up against Cal on Saturday. The loss to Cal was a big blow to their tournament hopes since I thought that was a must-win game. Their games at Washington State and Washington are must-win games for them. If they get swept, their tournament hopes are all but gone.

6 (4). USC (5-5, 15-9). USC lost a home game against rival UCLA last night. That game was huge for USC, considering that they are hovering around .500 in league play. They play Oregon and Oregon State this week, which are must-win games for them as well.

7 (8). Cal (6-7, 15-9). Cal lost to Arizona on Thursday, but then beat Arizona State on the road on Saturday. That win keeps the Bears slim tournament hopes alive. They play at Stanford on Sunday, which is a must-win for Cal.

8 (7). Oregon (6-7, 15-10). Oregon now has double-digit losses on the season thanks to a weekend split with the Washington schools. Oregon has to get going fast, or else they will miss out on the dance. Games against USC and UCLA at  home this week will decide their NCAA fate.

9 (9). Washington (5-8, 14-12) Washington split a road series with the Oregon schools, but their win was against lowly Oregon State. Washington has to win the rest of their games and a game in the Pac-10 Tournament in order for them to have a legitimate shot at the NCAA Tournament. They play Arizona and Arizona State this week.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-13, 6-18). That is now 15 straight losses for the Beavers. I do not think that they will win a game for the rest of the season. They play at UCLA and USC this week.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 10, 2008 7:19 pm
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

1. UCLA (9-2, 20-3). UCLA won at Washington State on Thursday, but they lost at Washington today. UCLA is still the best team in the Pac-10, despite today's loss. They play at USC next Sunday.

2. Stanford (9-2, 20-3). Stanford impressively beat Oregon on Thursday, and they beat Oregon State on Saturday. Stanford is a team that is quietly moving up the national rankings. They go to Arizona this week to face the Sun Devils and the Wildcats.

3. Washington State (6-5, 18-5). Washington State bounced back with a win over USC after 3 straight losses. The Cougars go to the Oregon schools this week.

4. USC (6-5, 15-8). USC won at Washington on Thursday, but then got destroyed at Washington State on Saturday. USC is 6-2 in their last 8 conference games after starting with 3 consecutive losses. They face UCLA on Sunday.

5. Arizona (5-5, 14-8). Even though the Wildcats have lost 2 games in a row, I still think they are one of the best teams in the Pac-10. They had key injuries to Jerryd Bayless and Nic Wise this season, but they still find a way to win most of the time.

6. Arizona State (5-5, 15-7). The Sun Devils got a much-needed win at Arizona earlier today. This win came after a 5-game losing streak after starting Pac-10 play 4-0. They play Stanford and Cal this week.

7. Oregon (5-6, 14-9). Oregon got a big win over Cal on Saturday to keep their NCAA hopes alive. The Ducks need a huge run in order to have a good shot at the tournament. They face the Washington schools at home this week.

8. Cal (5-6, 14-8). Cal barely beat Oregon State on Thursday, and they got beat down by Oregon on Saturday. Cal is another team that needs a strong finish to make the NCAAs.

9. Washington (4-7, 13-11) Washington got a huge win over UCLA today, but I think they have no shot at making the tournament unless they win 6 of their last 7 games and win a game in the Pac-10 Tournament.

10. Oregon State (0-11, 6-16). Oregon State came up just short at Cal on Thursday. They face the Washington schools at home this week.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 3, 2008 2:10 am
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

Here are my Pac-10 Power Rankings for the week of February 4.

Previous ranking is in parenthesis. There was not any movement in the rankings since Thursday.

1 (1). UCLA (8-1, 20-2). UCLA beat Arizona impressively last night. They should move up to #4 in the national rankings.

2 (2) Stanford (7-2, 18-3). Stanford is doing a good job of keeping pace with the Bruins. Stanford went into Pullman and pulled out a close win last night.

3 (3). Washington State (5-4, 17-4). The Cougars got swept at home by the Bay Area schools. They now have the L.A. schools at home this week.

4 (4). Arizona (5-4, 15-7). Can't drop a team for losing to UCLA. The Wildcats have ASU at home on Sunday.

5 (5). USC (5-4, 13-7). USC beat a struggling Arizona State team last night.

6 (6). Oregon (4-5, 13-8). Oregon beat Oregon State last night as expected. They need to put together a solid second half run in Pac-10 play in order to solidify themselves as a legitimate NCAA threat.

7 (7). Cal (4-5, 13-7). Cal swept a Pac-10 road series in Washington. That is very hard to accomplish, and Cal has put themselves back into the NCAA discussion.

8 (8). Washington (3-6, 12-10). Washington becomes just the second double digit loss team thanks to a loss to Cal last night. The loser of the Cal/Washington game was probably headed to the NIT, and it looks like that's where the Huskies will end up.

9 (9). Arizona State (4-5, 14-7). The collapse continues for the Sun Devils. Many people, including myself, knew this was coming. It was all a matter of when it would happen. ASU plays a must-win game at the McKale Center on Sunday against the Cats.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-9, 6-15). Oregon State has not won a Pac-10 game halfway through conference play. Their next shot at a conference win is at Cal on Thursday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 1, 2008 5:58 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2008 6:36 pm
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

Here are my Pac-10 Power Rankings for February 1.

Last weeks ranking is in parenthesis.

1 (1). UCLA (7-1, 19-2). UCLA beat Arizona State by 33 last night. They are home against Arizona tomorrow (9:00 P.M. EST on ESPN)

2 (3) Stanford (6-2, 17-3). Stanford won at Washington last night to keep pace with UCLA in the Pac-10. They have a big game at Washington State tomorrow.

3 (2). Washington State (5-3, 17-3). The Cougars lost a tough game last night, but it was an unacceptable loss. The Cougars are competing for a conference championship, and you have to defend your home court if you expect to contend.

4 (4). Arizona (5-3, 15-6). Arizona won at USC last night to set the stage for tomorrow night. Arizona goes to Pauley Pavilion on a 4-game winning streak.

5 (5). USC (4-4, 13-7). USC lost at home to Arizona last night. They are now .500 in conference play for the year. They get struggling Arizona State at home tomorrow.

6 (8). Oregon (3-5, 12-8). Oregon only plays once this week. They play Oregon State tomorrow at home. They move up thanks to not losing.

7 (9). Cal (3-5, 12-7). Cal had a huge win last night at Wsahington State- one of the toguhest places to play in the Pac-10. Ryan Anderson is one of the most underrated players in the nation. He is one special player that more of the nation needs to know about.

8 (6). Washington (3-5, 12-9). Washington lost at home against Stanford last night. They get Cal at home tomorrow.

9 (7). Arizona State (4-4, 14-6). Arizona State keeps losing, and I'm not surprised. they have a very inexperienced team, and the Pac-10 is too good of a conference for the Sun Devils. Their losing streak is up to 4 games, and things don't get any easier as they face USC at the Gaylen Center tomorrow.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-8, 6-14). Oregon State didn't lose a game yet this week! Oregon State at in-state rival Oregon tomorrow, where the Beavers look for their first conference win.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 27, 2008 12:18 am
Edited on: January 27, 2008 5:04 pm
 

Pac-10 Power Rankings

Here are my Pac-10 Power Rankings for the week starting January 28.

Last weeks ranking is in parenthesis.

1 (1). UCLA (6-1, 18-2). A sweep of the Oregon schools on the road is always good. The Bruins had to fight hard against the Ducks, but they managed to win.

2 (2). Washington State (5-2, 17-2). This could have been a disastrous week for the Cougars, but they hung on against the Sun Devils. I expected that the Cougs would have a hard time against Arizona, and they did. Arizona made 12 threes against them, and they lost.

3 (3). Stanford (5-2, 16-3). Stanford still isn't getting the respect that they deserve. They won a Pac-10 road game this weekend against Cal.

4 (5). Arizona (4-3, 14-6) Arizona won a huge game against Washington State on Thursday. They backed that performance up with a win against Washington on Saturday. Arizona has a trip to the L.A. schools this week.

5 (6). USC (4-3, 13-6). USC is now on a 4-game conference winning streak. They swept the Oregon schools on the road- just like their cross-town rival UCLA. They are red hot right now.

6 (8). Washington (3-4, 12-8). Washington won at Arizona State earlier in the week, but then lost on the road to the Wildcats. Again, there is no shame in splitting a Pac-10 road series. The Huskies have momentum to build off of, as they are 3-1 in their last 4 games. They are home against the Bay Area schools this week.

7 (4). Arizona State (4-3, 14-5). I knew this collapse was coming. It was all a matter of when it was going to happen. They got swept at home against the Washington schools, and now the Sun Devils are on a 3-game losing streak.

8 (7). Oregon (3-5, 12-8). Oregon is again showing their inconsistency; they have lost 4 conference games in a row. Hopefully for the Ducks, a meeting with their in-state rival Oregon State will give them a lift.

9 (9). Cal (2-5, 11-7). Cal is also struggling, losing another close game, this time to rival Stanford. That make 3 straight losses for Cal, who is falling out of the NCAA Tournament picture.

10 (10). Oregon State (0-8, 6-14). Oregon State is still looking for a conference win, and it does not look like it is going to come anytime soon. Their next chance is in Eugene on Saturday against the Ducks.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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